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CHP Receives $5 Million In Grants For Motorcycle and Aggressive Driving Programs


The California Office of Traffic Safety provided $5 million total with $1 million going to help the CHP combat motorcycle fatalities. 

The CHP says there was a 10 percent increase in crashes and a 20-percent increase in fatal crashes involving motorcycles in 2011 compared to the previous year.

Officer Lizz Dutton says the motorcycle program will involve a lot of public outreach.

"Anybody basically that will allow us or would like us to come to their business, we would be more than happy to discuss and help educate them," she says. "We also want people to know that not only as drivers of cars that we need to be paying attention for the motorcyclist, but motorcyclists also have a responsibility." 

The CHP received about $4 million to increase patrols to enforce speeding, turning, and aggressive driving laws. 

The department says about one-third of fatalities are the result of someone driving at an unsafe speed. 



Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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